BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 When I first opened the bottle I took a little sniff. My first impression was chocolate and alcohol. Almost like a chocolate cordial. Dark chocolatey appearance small head that started to disolve immediately. First sip was roasty tasting with bitter chocolate notes at the back. Wow this is a smooth Stout. A little on the bitter side but malt is seeming to wrestle for advantage. It’s warming up now and I start to smell coffee or espresso. This is a great stout and deserving of it’s wide praise. If it weren’t for the bitterness I’d give it an even higher rating. Just my opinion.Re-Rate 2/14/10. Still a winner for me several years after my first tasting. Pitch black, thin kahki film. Smooth oily body. Aroma of roasted malts and espresso chocolate chip cookies. Sweet and bitter chocolate, some hops late and even some cherries. Overall one of the best.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Such a beautiful, wonderful, extraordinary treat. Very complex. Creamy chocolate is chased by roasted coffee. Soft, light head, sticky and lasting palate. Mellow mocha aroma. Simply amazing...
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
oh yumm! Yummmm..... so rich, and chocolatey! Oh, yeah! This is a really great beer, and I hope to get more and drink it soon! Thick, rich, creamy. Not too sweet or too heavy - dry and crisp and perfectly delightful. Perhaps this is THE perfect brew! Wow. WOW!
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Holy crap! This beer rocks harder than Motorhead, and if it had arms it would more than likely kick their asses as well. This beer explodes on the tongue with all the qualities anyone can possibly want in an imperial stout, and in perfect balance as well. Chocolate is all over this brew, and it lounges on the palate like your lazy uncle on disability lounges on his couch all day eating cherrios and drining vodka - this beer seduces your tongue like Rasputin himself seduced the ladies - more complicated than a Russian novel, and much easier to appreciate - The Brothers Karamazov of beers.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) A burst in flavor just assaults you as you drink this. I'm no expert in picking up on all of the distinct flavors but I expect this pretty much has them all. ;)
crazyvin (1929) - New York, USA - APR 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
typical imperial stout. Black body, bone colour head that fads quickly, sweet aroma.
Taste began sweet and finished bitter. The bitterness was more pronunced with the taste of alocohol. Very heavy on the stomach.
raymow (811) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good, strong, full-bodied stout. Great color, not much head. Nice chocolate/coffee flavor.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I can't understand what people see in this beer. I had trouble finishing my first bottle of it. I found the totally unenjoyable.
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorire Stout's. Not as heavy as most, but with nice coffee like taste.
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you want to try a great beer, try this one. Bit of a thin head, but a really nice deep dark appearance. There is a pleasant mellow, fruity aroma followed by a coffee/chocolate toasted malt taste. A decent hop presence helped balance the overall impression.